In My Humble Opinion


NACL Theatre’s Keith McHenry,left, Forestburgh General Store proprietor Debbi Jagel and Earthgirl Pottery’s Jill Weiner all swapped brochures with other businesses during the annual Sullivan Catskills Literature Exchange held at the Forestburgh Playhouse last weekend. 

They can’t all be winners

The words above can be attributed to any number of things in my world. Photos I’ve taken, concerts I’ve attended, plays that I’ve seen… even columns that I have written, and with nearly 500 of those under my belt for The River Reporter alone, well—they can’t all be winners.


Ladies and gentlemen, may I present the 2017 Sullivan County Pageant winners!

Young at heart

Playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) once famously declared that “youth is wasted on the young,” and I’ve been known to quote his pithy comment on occasion, but nowadays… I wonder.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Dad Jay, Amelia and little brother Curtis Brooks demonstrate what talent is all about at the annual show held in Hortonville every spring.

When it rains…

Sometimes, both the metaphorical and literal definitions collide, and such was the case this past week as the skies opened and literally soaked the Upper Delaware River region, while simultaneously the downpour of events cascading across the counties commenced, as alluded to last week.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Daffodils and forsythia abound outside, heralding spring. Thankfully, my neighbor has a green thumb, and provides the photo-ops while I rake leaves.

Spring break

It’s been a while since I participated in an “official” spring break and took the requisite trip to Florida to hang out with friends, get rowdy and party till the sun came up. The very thought of doing that now exhausts me and is a reminder that I might be approaching the autumn of my years, which is a bit unnerving too.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox
“Powerhouse vocals” don’t even come close to describing Danielle Ponder and her ability to convey a story through song, backed by her amazing band known as the Tomorrow People.

Let my people go

For those of you who work with someone of the Jewish faith, it might appear as though there is a holiday every other month, and you wouldn’t be far off the mark.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox
Michael Stern’s collection of vintage black-light posters are part of the newest installation, “Love for Sale,” on exhibit through December at The Museum at Bethel Woods.

All in the family

While I write about my family fairly often, there are a few who would not mind me leaving them out of the equation publicly and I have deferred, with respect to their privacy.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox
Number 19 Vincent Street in Binghamton, NY. My childhood home.

Home is where the heart is

“Your home will always be the place for which you feel the deepest affection, no matter where you are.” So says the Internet, when asked about the age-old proverb—and I suppose it’s true. While I have lived in (and loved) a variety of locales, I have a deep affection for my childhood home, which I had the opportunity to see last week.


TRR photos by Jonathan Fox
While Dharma appeared completely healthy as pictured here three weeks ago, we’ve recently learned that canine Lyme disease can lie dormant and unsuspected for months before symptoms appear.

God is dog spelled backwards

Ever since Dharma the Wonder Dog came into my life, I’ve toyed with the notion of writing a book about her, using the title employed above. Although that book has yet to be written, it never occurred to me that it would begin with a chapter filled with drama like the last two weeks have provided.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox
Best Politician award-winner in the annual TRR Readers Choice Awards category, NYS Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, kept one hand on Dharma while enjoying the party at Zac’s Wilderness lounge in Barryville, NY last Thursday.

Sick as a dog

No, not me. This time it’s my actual dog (www.Facebook.com/DharmaTheWonderDog) and she has been really, really sick. A couple of weeks ago, Dharma woke up somewhat lethargic, and for the first time ever, she was not anxious to jump out of bed and start her day romping through the woods.

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